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Tenants and the Coronavirus Pandemic

Sun 22 Mar 2020

Following the advice from the Government concerning the Covid-19 pandemic, as we make plans to temporarily close our office (the first time since the office opened in 1933) and work from home, we want to bring you as much information as we can regarding the situation with your tenancy.

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Landlords and the Coronavirus Pandemic

Thu 19 Mar 2020

Landlords: following the advice from the Government concerning the Covid-19 pandemic, we have made plans to temporarily close our office (for the first time since 1933) and work from home. As this is uncharted territory, changes may have to be made as the situation unfolds over the next few days/weeks and this blog will outline our stance and be amended as changes happen.

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Do I need an Energy Performance Certificate to sell my home?

Mon 16 Mar 2020

The short answer is yes, you do need an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) to sell your property, in fact you can find yourself facing a fine if you don't have a certificate when you need one. EPC's are required whenever a house is built, sold, or rented. But here's some more information about what they are and what they contain.

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World Sleep Day 2020: How to choose a new mattress

Fri 13 Mar 2020

Today is World Sleep Day 2020. Did you know, most healthy adults need seven to nine hours of sleep a night? The mattress industry generally recommends that mattresses be replaced every 7-10 years, as the aches and pains caused by old or unsupported mattresses can contribute to a reduction in the hours of sleep you get.

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How to reduce your stress levels when selling your home

Fri 06 Mar 2020

There's lots of stress involved in the process of selling your property, but you can makes sure it doesn't take over! With this in mind, we’ve put together a few thoughts on ways you can reduce your stress levels when selling your home.

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Demand from prospective tenants at an all-time high

Thu 27 Feb 2020

Data from the Association of Residential Lettings Agents (ARLA) shows that demand for rental properties increased to the highest level ever in January, with 88 prospective tenants registered per lettings agency branch compared to just 56 in December 2019. This amounts to a 57% increase in the number of prospective tenants registered! 

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Top tips for renovating your home

Tue 18 Feb 2020

Whether you're looking to make the space in your current home work for you, or are looking to purchase a project to make your own - renovating can be an excellent answer to making the most of your property. It's also not for the faint-hearted, so we've put together some tips to help you ensure that your project runs as smoothly as possible to get you you dream home.

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Clever ideas for toy storage

Tue 11 Feb 2020

When you are selling your home with children in situ it is difficult to keep the place tidy, so we have some great storage ideas for all of those toys you gathered at Christmas!

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Selling your home: first impressions count

Sun 26 Jan 2020

In her programme Selling Houses with Amanda Lamb, Amanda Lamb presented the interesting statistic that 41% of buyers have already made up their mind about a property before they've even left the hallway.

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Good news for renters with pets

Wed 15 Jan 2020

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick is to end the blanket ban of pets as part of the government’s mission to improve the lives of tenants

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Wills & Smerdon: A year in review

Fri 10 Jan 2020

Everyone's back to work and we're speeding into the roaring 20s, so we thought it would be fun to look back over Wills & Smerdon's 2019.

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How to feed garden birds in winter

Fri 29 Nov 2019

As the weather gets colder, it gets harder and harder for our feathered friends to find food. With that in mind, now is a good time to start feeding them and topping up their food regularly, so they will know they can rely on the food supply in your garden throughout the leaner months.

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Christmas Competition Time at Wills And Smerdon

Sun 24 Nov 2019

This year we have a little Christmas brain-teaser in the form of a Wills & Smerdon Crossword for you to complete in order to be in the hat to win a brand new NESPRESSO MACHINE!

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Top tips for making your home feel cosy

Fri 25 Oct 2019

There’s nothing quite like getting home from work, closing the curtains to banish the cold and dark, and relaxing in a cosy environment. With that in mind, we’ve put together this little list of things you can do to help maximise your environment with winter vibes.

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Autumn maintenance tips to get your home winter-ready

Mon 07 Oct 2019

The leaves are turning colour, the mornings and evenings now require a jumper, and pumpkins are on sale at the shops – now is the perfect time to carry out a few jobs to prepare your home for the colder months.

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Gas Safe Week and what it means

Tue 17 Sep 2019

The ninth annual Gas Safety Week sees organisations from across the UK working together to raise awareness of the dangers of poorly maintained gas appliances, which can cause gas leaks, fires, explosions and carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. Find out about our input into this important safety week.

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Love your local parkrun

Wed 28 Aug 2019

If you've not heard of parkrun, it's an absolutely fantastic way of getting outdoors and getting active! Parkrun organise 5K events across the globe every Saturday at 9:00am, which are run by volunteers and which are completely free. 

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A rise in renters aged 45+

Wed 07 Aug 2019

The fastest growing demographic in the tenant market is the 45 and overs, according to recent statistics highlighted by flat sharing site SpareRoom.

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Is Woodworm a Problem and How to Spot the Signs?

Wed 17 Jul 2019

Woodworm can cause serious damage to your property by eating away at the timber and wooden furniture you may have. Depending on the species of woodworm the lifecycle will last from between two to five years. One of the main issues with woodworm is that they are usually only seen towards the end of their lifecycle when the damage has already been done. Check our information leaflet and catch the blighters before it's too late!

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Top Tips for Putting your Home on the Market

Mon 01 Jul 2019

When you put your property on the market, potential buyers looking around on viewings desperately want to imagine themselves living in your property. By making an effort to show your home at its best, you’ll be helping them to imagine the space working for them. Here are some of our top tips on getting your property market ready, and showing off its best assets!

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Wed 26 Jun 2019

Although rising damp can potentially occur in any building, it is particularly common in older buildings. This is mostly down to a previous damp proofing course that has failed or where the ground level around a building has risen. Rising Damp if left untreated will not just damage wall plaster but could also lead to timber decay in the form of dry or wet rot. Dry rot is arguably the worst possible property problem that can occur so it’s really important any signs of rising damp are not ignored. 

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Tue 18 Jun 2019

Treating condensation is one of the biggest issues in a rental property. There is always that 'who's at fault' issue and, from experience, it is a 50/50 situation. Older properties are prone to condensation because they have often had double glazing fitted, which was not the design when the building was erected. Landlords need to provide vents, extraction bricks or fans, and tenants need to dry their washing at the launderette or outside! Read on...

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Epsom Derby Competition Time

Fri 24 May 2019

The 2019 Epsom Derby will be the 240th annual running of the Derby horse race and will take place at Epsom Downs Racecourse on Saturday 1 June 2019 and in it's honour we are running a little competition for you.

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Tenant Fee Ban Is Coming 1st June

Fri 24 May 2019

The Tenant Fee Ban becomes law on 1st June 2019 so these are the costs associated with taking a tenancy via Wills & Smerdon from that day forward.

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Hedgehog News

Mon 06 May 2019

Once a really common sight in UK countryside, the lovable critters which have inspired favourite characters such as Beatrix Potter’s Mrs Tiggywinkle, are in serious decline with the hedgehog population thought to have fallen from 30 million to less than 1 million since the 1950s. What can be done to help? Read on...

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Turn Japanese Knotweed into a delicious dessert

Mon 06 May 2019

Japanese knotweed has the potential to cause disastrous consequences to the structural integrity of a property if left untreated. However, this invasive weed is actually edible and can be used to compliment a variety of delicious and nutritious recipes. Have a read...

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Why do basements flood and how to prevent it

Sun 05 May 2019

On average the United Kingdom receives 885mm of rainfall per year. Unfortunately, this level of rainfall also means that many properties across the U.K are at a higher risk of flooding following these periods of rainfall. Therefore, it can save you potentially thousands of pounds to not leave water damage to chance and to know why basements flood and how to prevent it from occurring.

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Woodworm are coming - Be prepared as woodworm season gets underway

Wed 24 Apr 2019

We all love the sunshine, but this warmer weather will also attract insects, such as woodworm, who will slowly start emerging from timber to begin mating and laying eggs in your home. Find out how to find and treat them.

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What is happening to the Section 21 Notice?

Tue 16 Apr 2019

The government has announced its plan to abolish the Section 21 Notice, what does this mean to you?

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How to help bees in your urban garden

Fri 12 Apr 2019

If you don’t have any grass or traditional borders but you do have an outside space, no matter how small, then planting up a few pots with bright flowers not only provides bees with food, it provides you with a treat for your eyes!

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How to save money on your home renovation

Mon 01 Apr 2019

It's incredibly exciting to carry out a property refurbishment, but whether your budget is big or small, the costs can quickly get out of control, so we’ve put together a tick list to help keep you on track and on budget.

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How to spot Japanese Knotweed in Spring 2019

Sun 31 Mar 2019

As Japanese Knotweed is quite an attractive looking plant, it tends to blend into the environment and quite often can go undetected. However, this mishap could have massive ramifications as the invasive plant has the potential to seriously impact the structural integrity of a building.

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How to tell the difference between damp & condensation

Sun 31 Mar 2019

An estimated 5.8 million British tenants have been affected by damp or condensation issues. However, how are you able to tell what damp issue you have and what you need to do to remove it.

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Parking & Pets are just what the tenant ordered

Tue 12 Mar 2019

New research from property portal 'Zoopla' shows that parking sits firmly at the top of requirements for tenants - but pet-friendly facilities are a growing expectation. At Wills & Smerdon we want to support Landlords hoping to profit from this growing trend!

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Navigating the Red Tape of the Private Rental Sector

Wed 06 Feb 2019

The private rental sector has been hit recently with one piece of legislation after another, and now there are over 150 laws which must be adhered to in order not to face prosecution, fines or even jail sentences.  Read about it here:

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The pitfalls of an empty home

Thu 24 Jan 2019

Empty homes are on the increase in the UK and we can offer a number of solutions to anybody wondering what to do with a property that is sitting unoccupied.

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Wills & Smerdon Vacant Property Minding Service

Thu 24 Jan 2019

If you are going away or your property is going to be vacant for a period of time, trust Wills & Smerdon to take care of it for you. Check our Property Minding Service, read on for more details.

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It’s official – Wills & Smerdon is one of the very best Estate Agents in the country

Tue 30 Oct 2018

Wills & Smerdon has been independently identified as one of the top estate agents in the country and now features in the Best Estate Agent Guide.

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